October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 38-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Romeo Crennel And The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle is a belief that, in an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit, that organization’s members will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability.

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If one thing is certain, seven games into Romeo Crennel’s tenure as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s that he’s coaching one position higher than he should be. Prior to Todd Haley’s in-season firing in 2011, Crennel had only been entrusted with Kansas City’s defense. That was a role he was well-suited and well-qualified for. We’ve seen what he’s capable of (or culpable for) as a head coach. His stint in Cleveland yielded just 24 wins in four years.

Results are what matter in the NFL. Clearly the results aren’t there for this football team. When you fail to produce, there will be tough questions. Tough questions that good head coaches can answer. Crennel, on the other hand, has been short on answers. He can’t tell you why this team’s a colossal failure. He doesn’t know why his star runningback carried the ball only five times on Sunday afternoon. He’s not even sure who his quarterback will be despite a short week where the Chiefs face the Chargers on Thursday night.

With two weeks to prepare, the Chiefs were still handled by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. They fell to their biggest AFC West rival, 26-16, for the sixth consecutive time at Arrowhead Stadium. The loss marked the sixth time Kansas City has trailed their opponent by 17 points in 2012. Being ill-prepared is one of the few things this team has been with any consistency. That falls squarely on the shoulders of the head coach. You’d think a man with 30 years of NFL experience would know a thing or two about preparation. It’s as though he’s unclear about his job responsibilities.

Crennel has struggled with delegating responsibility to his coaching staff,  with clock management, with in-game adjustments, and with personnel. That’s just about everything that comes under his purview as the leader of this football team. I’m not sure that he’s shown significant improvement in any area since being named the 12th head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. At 1-6, Crennel’s Chiefs may be the worst team in the NFL. Kansas City is the first team since 1940 not to hold a lead in regulation through seven games.

I don’t know if GM Scott Pioli is worse at identifying starting quarterbacks or at picking good stewards for the “Right 53.” His second head coaching hire came after Crennel flirted with a division title and led the team to a 2-1 finish in 2011. One of those wins came against the undefeated Green Bay Packers. That game may have been the reason Crennel ultimately got the job.

As with all bad relationships, the problems start when you stop doing the things that got you the girl in the first place. Where’s the defense that surrendered an average of just 11 points per game the final three weeks of the 2011 season? Any idea where we might find the opportunistic bunch that produced four turnovers during that stretch? Romeo doesn’t seem to know. This team has had absolutely no momentum since beating the Denver Broncos on New Year’s Day.

Crennel was back in full head scratch mode in the post-game presser. It’s unlikely that a man without the obvious answers, to the simplest questions, will be able stop the bleeding. He’s not even sure how to parse what he’s seeing on the field. Chances are, he also doesn’t know what to say (or do) to motivate his players to go out and win a ballgame in convincing fashion. Crennel swaps out locker-room signage. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it, if it’s one idea in a series of ideas. What terrifies me, is the thought that it may have been Crennel’s best idea.

Pioli won’t survive the firing of two head coaches in as many years. Especially not if Crennel’s contract is also terminated mid-season. The Chiefs are headed for historical ineptitude and unless Clark Hunt cleans house, we could be forced to watch this team continue to wilt for another 9 weeks. The next two contests will be nationally-televised. If the team can’t get back on track, perhaps being embarrassed on a national stage will do the trick? We’ll soon know the answer to this question — unlike Romeo Crennel.

Until next time, Addicts!

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  • http://twitter.com/taylonr Nate Taylor

    Don’t expect to see the Chiefs on any nationally televised games for a few years after this season. Especially if they fall to 1-8 after the next 2. The NFL isn’t going to want to highlight this team.

    • tm1946

      Well at least we can play the “no respect” car for a couple of years.

    • Danny W

      Your probably right but aren’t they showing some love to Griffin 3 and Luck. Surely they’re giving those guys some primetime aren’t they?

  • ChiefsFanSince69

    Pioli/Crennel must go, so who should take the reins next? Here are five reasons why Marty, if he is willing, is the clear choice for GM:

    1) He has the greatest track record in NFL history for turning around franchises — QUICKLY. Cleveland, KC, Washington and San Diego all showed marked improvement shortly after Marty’s arrival;

    2) He is a master of MOTIVATION, which we sorely lack now, and will find a HC who shares this talent;

    3) He emphasizes DISCIPLINE and FUNDAMENTALS,– also AWOL now at Arrowhead — and will only pick a HC who understands their importance;

    4) He appreciates the FANS in KC, how loyal they are, and what a weapon they are for the Chiefs. He will rebuild the culture of winning we are accustomed to — like he’s done before for this franchise;

    5) He is a good friend of the Hunt family, and the mutual respect between them will lead to excellent communication and a unity of vision.

    Oh, and by the way, with Marty as GM, the odds of luring Cowher out of retirement as HC go up ever so slightly…

    • Jonathan Aldridge

      ya and the reason marty first left kc is cuz he had issues with former gm carl peterson

      • KCMikeG

        I really liked being a winner but MartyBall was so predictable that it wouldn’t work in the NFL anymore. That’s why no one has hired him and he ended up in the minor league – same for Saunders. I do believe Cowher would be the right hire at HC.
        I could have sworn Marty had a few more issues than not getting along with Carl? I am I the only one who remember the criminals Marty brought in here and how he lost the team on MNF during the infamous “Monday Night Meltdown”?

        • Danny W

          Agreed, Mike Marty and Marty Ball had run it’s course in KC. It was a wild dance and we were always in games because of that defense but his decision making is what got him fired.

    • jimfromkcj

      I have been saying before the Pioli hire that Marty was the guy for GM. Maybe he is not interested in any job but coaching. I don’t know, but I think I would not want him coaching. My choice for Head coach would be Al Saunders. His type of offence is entertaining and efficient. With Marty as Gm I don’t think the defence would be the wreck that it was under Vermiel. I also liked Marty’s offensive lines, he seemed to have less than big names, but over performing guys year after year. Another guy I like as Head Coach is Jack DelRio. If we went that route I would like to see Al Saunders as OC. I would also consider Cower if he was willing, but I think he is comfortable where he is at.

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  • tm1946

    Wish local media would quit quoting RT Winston. He does not like it here, i am not all that much of a fan of his, and who cares what a RT says anyway? But a side issue.

    • ArrowFan

      It would be nice if he opened a few holes every now and again

  • Jonathan Aldridge

    if the chiefs are too scared to draft a rookie qb like they always are, we should try and get either tebow or sanchez from the jets and give the jets dwayne bowe. we have other good receivers that need to be used, and we could use a first round pick on a new wr

    • http://www.facebook.com/NicholasSomppi Nicholas Somppi

      that is the dumbest idea I have ever ever heard!!!

      • Kyle Waggener

        ^^^^^LIKE^^^^^^^ How are Sanchez or Tebow any better than Cassel????

    • Derek Jamison

      The day they do that I’m officially done with the chiefs.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Tebow? Sanchez? Both of them are TERRIBLE. No thanks. I’ve had my fill of garbage quarterbacks. Geno Smith or Matt Barkley please.

  • ArrowFan

    If Pioli and Romeo are gone at the end of the season then why don’t they just go now? I count at least 6 HC’s and maybe even 6 GM’s that will be out of work at the end of the year, possibly. If that is the case then the good candidates will be in high demand. I can see us dumping everyone and picking up a bunch that is just as screwed up. At the least if Hunt and his siblings are going to fire Pioli do it now and try to at least get the new GM before the absolute end of the season.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’d almost prefer that Clark waited until the season’s over. That way we’ll have full access to GM candidates from teams that will still be playing football in January/February. I want either Marc Ross or Eric DeCosta. Both of them are post-season bound with their respective franchises.

  • http://www.facebook.com/trey.pilliard Trey Pilliard

    Marty as GM and Cowher HC. Or even the other way around. Both work for me.